34 Total Quotes

John Cheever Quotes

John Cheever
All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.
John Cheever
#American Writer #Company

John Cheever
My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats.
John Cheever
#Cancer

John Cheever
We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.
John Cheever
#Churches #Praise

John Cheever
A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind
John Cheever
#Loneliness

John Cheever
The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.
John Cheever
#American Writer #Adultery

John Cheever
Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
The organizations of men, like men themselves, seem subject to deafness, near-sightedness, lameness, and involuntary cruelty. We seem tragically unable to help one another, to understand one another.
John Cheever
#Fallibility

John Cheever
Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
Art is the triumph over chaos.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.
John Cheever
#American Writer #Nature

John Cheever
What I am going to write is the last of what I have to say. I will say that literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
People named John and Mary never divorce. For better or for worse, in madness and in saneness, they seem bound together for eternity by their rudimentary nomenclature. They may loathe and despise one another, quarrel, weep, and commit mayhem, but they are not free to divorce. Tom, Dick, and Harry can go to Reno on a whim, but nothing short of death can separate John and Mary.
John Cheever
#Divorce

John Cheever
Homesickness is nothing Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.
John Cheever
#American Writer #Mind

John Cheever
Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.
John Cheever
#American Writer #Fear

John Cheever
That's the way I remember them, heading for an exit.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
He was a tall man with an astonishing and somehow elegant curvature of the spine, formed by an enlarged lower abdomen, which he carried in a stately and contented way, as if it contained money and securities.
John Cheever
#Man

John Cheever
I sometimes go back to walk through the ghostly remains of Sutton Place where the rude, new buildings stand squarely in one another's river views.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
John Cheever
#American Writer

John Cheever
Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.
John Cheever
#American Writer #Fiction